Why I Don’t Like Video-Venues or Live Streaming Church
Someone recently tweeted a link to an article predicting the fall of video-preaching within the next decade.
The research in the article struck a chord in me. You see, I’ve never been a fan of the whole video-venue approach to local church. In fact, I’ve never been a fan of live streaming worship or anything that’s called “online church.”
Am I against video-venues all together? No.
Am I against live-streaming an event? Absolutely not.
The keyword in my opinionated statement above is CHURCH.
In my humble opinion, church is relational and personal at its very core. It’s offline. A time & place & way of living where you are actually PRESENT…in real life…in community with each other… and not letting our machines talk to each other.
This is a good opportunity for me to ramble…but I want to keep it short & sweet for the sake of our short attention span. And you’ve got way more tweets to read that are far more important than mine. ;) So let me end with this:
I like what the article & research says,
“the wired generation will desire a more local, personal touch than the man-on-the-screen.”
"…there is a general distaste for large institutions and man-on-the-screen worship. They’re hungry for authentic, relational community.”
“It’s a minority trend among very large churches. But it seems that these churches and leaders tend to dictate the conversation about ministry in our culture. The echo-chamber-effect means that even leaders of human-scale-congregations (100-500 people) are talking about video preaching because the conference circuit and publishing pastors are into it. ” (this is sad & drives me nuts! Think for yourselves, churches, and quit trying to mimic the conferences and cool pastors! They were never intended to be models for your own unique, local ministry!)
Also, I highly recommend watching this video of Ian Cron. He really gets into it. Even goes as far as saying that live streaming your worship is a little PORNOGRAPHIC.
Watch to find out why:
That’s all for now. =)